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Cari O’Dell, left, and Meloney Deweese work together on a quilt for Project Linus to be donated to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

ZACK OWENSBY / The Wilson Post

By ZACK OWENSBY

“Blanketeers” from across Middle Tennessee gathered to give warmth to ill and traumatized children in Lebanon on Monday by quilting and cutting fabric for children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“Blanket Day” was held by Project Linus’ Nashville Chapter at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday.

Project Linus’ main mission is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, homemade blankets and afghans,” created by what the organization calls “blanketeers.”

And there were more than two dozen of those blanketeers, young and old, on duty Monday, partially because of the Martin Luther King Jr. school holiday, but also because of the recent partnership with Disney Parks which allows one day of service to be traded for a coupon for a free day’s admission to a Disney theme park.

Because of the school break, several families made the trip from throughout the mid-state, even southern Kentucky.

Kit Rosskamp, Nashville chapter coordinator, is a Lebanon resident and said more than 220 blankets had already been sent to the hospital with many more awaiting delivery.

Project Linus holds one of the “Blanket Days” somewhere in Middle Tennessee every month.

The organization relies solely on donations, both in supplies like fabric, threading, sewing machines, scissors, etc., and in cash donations.

For more information about Project Linus or to donate, go to www.projectlinusnashville.org or you can send checks to Rosskamp and Project Linus at 102 Hartmann Drive, Ste. G PMB 264, Lebanon, TN, 37087.

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